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INTRO. TO
PHILOSOPHY
SYLLABUS




PREAMBLE



INTRODUCTION AND ORGANIZATION

READING AND WRITING FOR THE COURSE (August 31st)

  • Discussion of Course Requirements (Class Handout)

    WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY? (September 6th)

  • "John on a Botany Expedition in the Amazon" (Class Handout)
  • "Baby Theresa" (Class Handout)
  • "The Case for Torture" (Class Handout)
  • The Twenty-One Legal Puzzlers (Class Handout)

    THE VALUE OF PHILOSOPHY (September 6th)

  • Philosophy Students Score High on LSAT, GMAT and the GRE
  • Chart of How Students Performed on Graduate Admission Tests
  • "The Value of Philosophy" (WALL STREET JOURNAL)
  • More on the Value of Philosophy (St. Edward's University)
  • And More on the Value of Philosophy (University of Rhode Island)
  • "Philosophy: A Quintessentially Modern Discipline" (LONDON TIMES)
  • "Philosophers Find the Degree Pays Off in Life and Work" (NY TIMES)
  • "To Beat the Market: Hire a Philosopher" (NY TIMES)
  • "How Philosophy Pays Off"
  • What Is Philosophy? - A Brief Guide (American Philosophical Association)
  • Well-Known Philosophy Majors
  • What Philosophy Does (John Cleese)
  • How Philosophy Has Changed the World (John Cleese)
  • How Philosophy Can Enrich Your Life (John Cleese)
  • How Does Philosophy Relate to My Career?
  • What Can You Do with a Philosophy Degree?
  • Skills That Will Be Developed Through Your Study of Philosophy
  • Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) on "The Value of Philosophy."



    WHY BE MORAL? (September 7th)

  • "The Shallow Pond and the Envelope" (Class Handout)



    IS FREE WILL AN ILLUSION? (September 7th)

  • Paper Topic 2005 on "Making Up One's Mind" (Class Handout)
  • "The Zombie Possibility" (Class Handout)



    WHAT IS KNOWLEDGE? DO I HAVE ANY? (September 7th)

  • "A Penny for Your Thoughts" (Class Handout)
  • "What's in a Basketball?" (Class Handout)
  • "'Pop' Goes the Balloon" (Class Handout)



    DOES GOD EXIST? (September 7th)

  • What Sign Would Convince You That God Exists?
  • Questions About God's Nature
  • Traditional Arguments for the Existence of God



    PART ONE - PART TWO - PART THREE - PART FOUR



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